Islamabad: The National Assembly today (Monday) passed the Finance Bill 2020, giving legal effect to the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.
It was moved by Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar.
The amendments proposed by the Opposition in the Finance Bill, 2020 were rejected by the House.
Taking the floor, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar said the government has presented a tax-free budget and it envisages relief measures not only for the construction sector but also for the promotion of mobile phone manufacturing and electric vehicles. He said duties and taxes on import of sixteen hundred raw materials have been brought to zero.
He said it is the first time that the annual development plan carries the biggest allocations for Balochistan and Sindh.
The Minister clarified that the government has not increased the sales tax or petroleum development levy on petroleum products. He said their prices have been increased keeping in view the upward trend in the international oil market. He said mafias in oil, sugar and flour will be brought to justice.
Responding to the point of PML (N) parliamentary leader Khawaja Asif, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said no COVID-19 positive member has been invited to attend the proceedings today. He said we are not irresponsible. He said that forty hours were fixed for debate on the budgetary proposals but the members held discussion more than the allotted time.
PML (N) Parliamentary Leader Khawaja Asif said the government should provide relief to the masses. He regretted the increase in the prices of petroleum products.
Speaking in the National Assembly today, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the people of Pakistan have given mandate to Prime Minister Imran Khan and he will not resign. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan enjoys the confidence of the house.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will not make any compromise on its ideology. He said the PTI and its allies stand by the ideology of Imran Khan.
Responding to the points of PML (N) leader Khawaja Asif regarding PIA, Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the mandate of present government is to clean the mess left by the previous governments. He regretted that the previous governments destroyed the institutions in the name of democracy.
The Minister said it was on the directions of the Supreme Court that the data of PIA employees inducted over the last ten years was scrutinized. He said the inquiry proved political appointments were made in the national flag carrier in complete violation of merit. He said action will be taken against fake degree holders.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari criticized the government for increasing the prices of petroleum products saying it will add to the woes of the masses and lead to price hike. He said our aim should be providing relief to the people. He was also critical of increase in the prices of flour, sugar and medicines.
Minister for Communications Murad Saeed has said Pakistan will move forward on the path of development under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He rejected the remarks made by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against the coronavirus strategy of the government. He said the European countries are now also adopting smart lockdown policy.
The Minister said the present government gave the historic Ehsaas Program and enhanced its allocations to over two hundred billion rupees. He said our Sehat Insaf card scheme is providing free of cost medical treatment to the people.
The House will now meet again tomorrow at 11 in the morning.